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UNORTHODOX // The Gospel of Eureka w/ Danny Grody Performance + Filmmaker Q&A Moderated by Aubrey Gordon

Opens on March 30

Run Time: 105 min.

Doors open 6:30 p.m.; Performance starts at 7 p.m.; Film starts 7:30 p.m. Q&A starts after the film. Tickets are $15. Click here to learn about accessibility at the Tomorrow Theater.


PAM CUT presents a special  Easter Weekend screening of Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher’s beloved documentary The Gospel of Eureka.  Love, faith, and civil rights collide in a southern town as evangelical Christians and drag queens step into the spotlight to dismantle stereotypes. Guitarist  and soundtrack contributor Danny Grody will perform a live intimate set prior to the film screening (with special guests Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher). Stick around after the film for a live Q&A with the filmmakers, moderated by Aubrey Gordon, then join us for a gospel disco after party at Aalto Lounge

ON SCREEN: The Gospel of Eureka

2018. Directed by Michael Palmieri & Donal Mosher. Runtime: 75 minutes.
Taking a personal, and often comical look at negotiating differences between religion and belief through performance, political action, and partnership, gospel drag shows and passion plays set the stage for one hell of a show. 

Narrated by trans icon Mx Justin Vivian Bond.

“Radically redefines Christian performance through the lens of queer performance, Christian faith through the lens of queer experience.”
Eric Hynes – Film Comment

“The movie’s vision of varieties of religious experience and celebrations of identity is matched by its fervent embrace of community in the shift from hatred to acceptance.” Richard Brody – The New York

“Joyful! A cure for the angry headlines blues.” Amy Nicholson – Variety

ON STAGE: a Q&A with Michael Palmieri, Donal Mosher, Danny Paul Grody, moderated by Aubrey Gordon

About the Filmmakers

Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher are Portland based film and multimedia artists who have worked together for over a decade on documentaries, music videos, and live performances. They were PAM CUT Artists in Residence in 2023. Their films have been exhibited at major festivals around the world including Sundance, Tribeca, NYFF, LAFF, True/False,, Locarno, and Leipzig. Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher are a collaborative filmmaking/multimedia team. Their first feature as directors OCTOBER COUNTRY won the Grand Jury Prize at Silverdocs, received two Cinema Eye Honors, and was nominated for a 2009 Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary. The film is a haunting portrait of American poverty, described by A.O. Scott as a “Joyce Carol Oates novel rendered as a documentary.” Their most recent feature film  THE GOSPEL OF EUREKA premiered at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival, was released theatrically by Kino Lorber, and broadcast on POV in 2020.  Portions of their live cinema project SPECTRAL TRANSMISSIONS have been performed at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, the Look Festival at the Museum Of The Moving Image , PAMCUT, and Pop-Up Magazine. They have done stage visuals for  Daniel Lanois, Lonnie Holley and more. Palmieri’s music video director credits includes work for Sharon Van Etten, Beck, The Strokes, and The Foo Fighters.

Aubrey Gordon, Q&A Moderator

Aubrey Gordon is an author, columnist, and cohost of Maintenance Phase. Her work has been published in The New York Times, Vox, Literary Hub, SELF, Health, Glamour and more. Her first book, What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Fat was released in November 2020. Her second book, “You Just Need to Lose Weight” and 19 Other Myths About Fat People, is a New York Times and Indie bestseller.

She cohosts the podcast Maintenance Phase with journalist Michael Hobbes. Together, the two debunk and decode wellness and weight loss trends.



Danny Paul Grody, Musician

Danny Paul Grody is a solo musician and founding member of San Francisco-based bands Tarentel and The Drift . He is a self-taught guitarist, and the melodies at the core of Danny’s songwriting bring to mind his love of West African kora, Takoma-style fingerpicking, and all things minimal and hypnotic. His most recent work is “Arc Of Day” on the Three Lobed label.

In addition to his solo work Grody is a long term collaborator with Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher.  His distinctive work can be found on The Gospel of Eureka  and October Country, which received  “Best Musical Score” from the renowned Cinema Eye Honors in NYC. 

Full bio can be found on his website, and Grody’s music can be found here.

His playing stretches time, making even his busiest passages patient and meditative, infused with optimism– a trust that non-verbal sound can, when played well, express pretty much any emotion imaginable. – Mark Masters, Pitchfork


This event is supported by Prosper Portland.


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